Do multi-passionates have a calling?
I know you want to do something meaningful with your life. You have passions and talents you want to use to help others.
You just can’t decide how. Picking one thing – any one thing – feels like settling. You know in a few years you’ll be bored and want to pursue something new.
It makes you wonder, “will I always be the odd one out, jumping from one thing to the next without accomplishing anything? Or is there a bigger calling out there for me that I simply haven’t found yet?”
I do believe we all have a calling (or two, or three). It’s just hard to find it when so much you’ve heard about callings is misleading, confusing, or just plain wrong.
Here are 5 myths about your a calling multi-passionates need to stop believing right now:
What Is A Calling?
NYT best-selling author Lissa Rankin defines a calling as “a call from your soul that guides you to create a more beautiful world in your own exquisitely unique way.”
As a multi-passionate, you have honed different talents, acquired knowledge in multiple subjects, and pursued all kinds of different projects.
Your calling will demand you use all of them. Their unique combination is what allows you to do the work that only you can do and create a more beautiful world in your own unique way.
Myth #1: You Only Have One Calling
Some callings last forever. You know from the second you’re born what your purpose is and you pursue it relentlessly all your life (hint: usually NOT the case for multi-passionates).
Other callings have an expiration date. You pursue it until you complete it, and then you move on to the next thing your soul calls you to do.
Some people even have more than one calling at the same time. It’s not being flaky. It’s being multi-passionate. You have so many talents and treasures to share with the world, you’re called to serve in more than one way at any given time.
Myth #2: Callings Are Always Grand
You don’t have to start a billion dollar business, end world hunger single-handedly, or become the first woman president to fulfill your calling.
Some callings are more humble. Like being a bridal makeup artist who makes women feel beautiful on their special day. Starting an after-school art program for children in disadvantaged communities. Building a VA business to help business owners with social media and admin tasks, so they have more time to spend with their families.
If it fulfills you and it helps someone else, it’s worth pursuing.
Myth #3: Only “A Chosen Few” Have A Calling
A calling isn’t just for the likes of Oprah or Elizabeth Gilbert. They weren’t plucked out from obscurity by Divine Providence to fulfill a predetermined destiny.
The only difference between Oprah and you is that she made the decision to listen to that whisper that told her she could do more with her life. She followed her calling.
We’ve all heard that whisper at some point or another. Chances are, you’re hearing it now – you’re just choosing to ignore it because you’re scared.
What if you chose to listen to it instead? What would you do, create, and contribute to the word? Follow that.
Myth #4: Once You Find Your Calling, Your Life Will Be Plain Sailing
Sorry to be the bearer of the bad news, but finding your calling is just the beginning.
Pursuing that calling comes with its own set of challenges. You’ll have to pick up new skills, overcome new problems, and constantly push yourself out of your comfort zone.
And, sometimes, things won’t work out the way you planned. Heck, sometimes they won’t work out at all and you’ll have to start again from scratch.
But what’s the alternative? Keep playing small and reaching the end of your life regretting never going for your dreams?
The ride isn’t meant to be easy. It’s meant to be rewarding.
Related: It’s Not Failure. It’s Feedback.
Myth #5: You Must Turn Your Calling Into A Business
I’m all for turning your calling into a business. If you’re going to fulfill your life’s work, why not get paid for it?
Plus, businesses can be a great force for good. There’s a lot of evidence that when women become wealthy, they use that wealth to improve the lives of their families, their employees, and their communities.
But, you don’t have to monetise your calling if you don’t want to. Your calling can simply be to raise conscious children, do volunteering work, or always having a kind word for everyone.
Even then, you may find that when you’re fully aligned with your calling, money will start flowing to you. Money and success are often a by-product of your calling.
As a multi-passionate, you’ll probably have more than one calling in your life. You may decide to monetise one and pursue the other for free.
There’s no right or wrong way to go about it. Do what you feel called to do.
Not sure what your calling is? Download your Purpose Finder Workbook to discover yours today and start doing the work that only you can do: